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Turkey ready to sell military attack drones to Ukraine

07 Dec, 2021
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Turkey ready to sell military attack drones to Ukraine

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Turkey is preparing to supply at least 20 more Bayraktar-TB2 attack drones to Ukraine, Bloomberg reports, according to its sources in Turkish government and military-industrial circles.


The Bayraktar company has sold Ukraine “dozens of drones along with control stations and missiles” since 2019, and “orders for at least two dozen more drones are under development”.

The Bayraktar TB2 is a Turkish medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations. The aircraft is monitored and controlled by an aircrew in the Ground Control Station, including weapons employment, via Türksat satellite. 

Bayraktar means "ensign" or "standard-bearer" in Turkish.

A source in the Turkish government also told Bloomberg that new deals are under development, including the joint production by Turkey of carrier rockets such as the Ukrainian Zenit-2. It could help Turkey develop ballistic missiles, the agency said, although a senior Turkish official said “Ankara has no such intentions.”

In September, the website defensenews.com informed that Ukraine and Turkey were preparing a contract for 24 Bayraktar-TB2 drones.


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